photowalk

Number 56

For some reason I thought I would search google for this number. I started off just wanting to post thank you for the birthday wishes and talk about the day. Read this link. Never knew there was such a thing. 

“The numerology number 56 is an expressive family and relationships number. The primary focus of the energy the number 56 represents is relationships.”

Me and Robert before we ate the cake.

Me and Robert before we ate the cake.

My 56th was spent at PhotoCon 2019 in Oklahoma City at the Aloft Hotel. I spent this birthday weekend with my photography family and not my immediate family for the fist time in a long time. I’ve built many relationships and friendships in my work. They continue to grow. I spent 30 years At AFS/Teleflora and gained many friendships. Most of those I rarely get to talk to or be around.

When you are the one and only that is trying to keep the business running and still try to maintain relationships, a lot of things suffer including those relationships not to mention your own family.

Me Jumping at a skate park. Filling in for the no-show skaters during a photowalk in Tulsa, OK. - Photo by TrawickImages.com

Me Jumping at a skate park. Filling in for the no-show skaters during a photowalk in Tulsa, OK. - Photo by TrawickImages.com

Year 56 came after 55 ended with a bang. It also reminded me that this old body is showing its age and reminds me that the aches and pains are headed my way and aren’t slowing down. I’ve been going full time in this business since January 2012. My heart and mind is still the 20-something kid for sure but the body is for sure showing its age inside and out. I did some physical therapy on my right “camera” arm. Tennis elbow and tendinitis. Gotta build some muscle around those tendons. I also was the recipient of a horseshoe tear in my retina in my dominant right eye. My viewfinder eye. This is frustrating for sure with all the millions of floaters hanging around. 

I want to thank all those that wished me a happy birthday. I share a birthday with my best friend Robert Trawick (3 hours older than me) and also Alex Dugan is also a great friend and photographer. We celebrated during Bedford Camera’s PhotoCon. They brought us Cake and sang happy birthday. The whole trade show sang to us. It was great! Robert and I also co-host a photography podcast called FotoFacts Podcast. It’s been 7 years and 300+ episodes. Robert has been my mentor for around 8 years. The weekend ended with a cold evening shoot with other photographers shooting spinning fire on a string. 

Fotofacts Podcast interviewing a young female photographer and a young model.

Fotofacts Podcast interviewing a young female photographer and a young model.

Thank you so much for the birthday hugs during PhotoCon. You know who you are. 

It was great to be with that family but I also love being around immediate family for holidays and birthdays. 

I’m off to see what year number 56 brings.

FotoFacts Podcast Photowalk - Stage Center Oklahoma City

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The FotoFacts Podcast (yours truly and Robert Trawick) hosted a Photowalk in Downtown OKC. Robert had the great idea to get capture some photos of the "soon-to-be-demolished" Stage Center building. It is/was located in Oklahoma City on approximately 2.7 acres on Sheridan Avenue between Hudson Avenue and Walker Avenue. There were a lot of homeless folks down there. One guy wanted me and another photographer to take his picture. So we did. We put out an invite on our Facebook Fan page and we had 6 other male photographers show up. These guys are pretty regular attendees when we host any kind of photowalk. Thanks Guys! It was a great time to be had. You missed out!

I will be posting to our FotoFacts blog after posting this on MY website. So you'll have to go listen to the live episode we did at James McNellies. We went there for lunch after the walk and talked shop for a while. I recorded the episode with my iPad 2, the BossJock App and my Samson Meteor Mic.

Head to the Facebook Event Page to see the photos from the photographers that attended and shared their images. Head to the FotoFacts Podcast episode 35 to listen to our craziness at lunch and to also get links to the images that were shared.

February Photo Outing

A couple friends of mine (Robert Trawick and Justin Knight) and myself went out to take photographs around the Oklahoma State Capitol Building. On the way there we saw this great looking building. We had never seen it before. Probably because we had never been in this area before. It is the old Jewel Theatre building. It is abandoned and looks really great for photos. All three of us took several photos there. We left there and went to my (Jim's) place and recorded Episode 19 of the FotoFacts Podcast that Robert and I record every week...well we try to at least.

Then we headed to the capitol building. It was wending and cold that day but we were having too much fun to let it stop us from doing what we were really enjoying.